CHA News Article

New California Children’s Services Redesign Includes ‘Whole Child Model’
DHCS to discuss proposal at June 22 meeting; accepting public comments through July 3

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has released the attached proposal to redesign the California Children’s Services (CCS) program using a “whole-child model” to be implemented in specified counties, no sooner than January 2017. According to DHCS, the proposal meets the six goals for its CCS redesign (outlined below), including its primary goal to provide comprehensive treatment and focus on children’s full range of needs, rather than only their CCS-eligible conditions.

DHCS also announced that in the counties that have not been chosen to implement the whole child model, DHCS and stakeholders will continue to work on alternative concepts and proposals to improve care for CCS beneficiaries. DHCS will discuss the proposal at its next CCS Redesign Stakeholder Advisory Board meeting, scheduled for June 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (PT) in Sacramento; see the attached invitation for meeting details, including how to participate by phone or in-person. The meeting is open to the public and will include a public comment period. DHCS will accept comments on its proposal through July 3.

DHCS CCS Redesign Goals

  • Implement patient and family-centered approach:  Provide comprehensive treatment and focus on the whole child rather than only their CCS-eligible condition(s).
  • Improve care coordination through an organized delivery system:  Provide enhanced care coordination among primary, specialty, inpatient, outpatient, mental health and behavioral health services through an organized delivery system that improves the care experience of the patient and family.
  • Maintain quality:  Ensure providers and organized delivery systems meet quality standards and outcome measures specific to the CCS population.
  • Streamline care delivery:  Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the CCS health care delivery system.
  • Build on lessons learned:  Consider lessons learned from current pilots and prior reform efforts, as well as delivery system changes for other Medi-Cal populations.
  • Cost effective:  Ensure costs are no more than the projected cost that would otherwise occur for CCS children, including all state-funded delivery systems. Consider simplification of the funding structure and value-based payments to support a coordinated service delivery approach.

Public Comment Period Through July 3

  • Electronic submission: complete and submit comments via SurveyMonkey.
  • Non-electronic submission in letter format can be sent via:
    • E-mail:
    • Mail to:
           Department of Health Care Services
           Systems of Care Division
           P.O. Box 997413, MS 8100
           Sacramento, CA  95899

Additional information is available on the DHCS CCS Redesign website.